The Inter-Mountain staff went that extra mile.
It has often been said that natural disasters like the one West Virginia experienced on the weekend of June 30 brings out the best in some people and the worst in others. The worst people would be the ones responsible for all of the shoplifting and gasoline drive-offs that occurred that weekend when businesses were staying open in an effort to provide a service to the public.
The weekend edition of The Inter-Mountain, scheduled for delivery that Saturday morning, had to be delayed for reasons that were beyond human control. This massive power outage that occurred late Friday night, June 29, put just about everything in the greater Elkins area to a halt. This however did not stop the staff at The Inter-Mountain from printing a weekend edition.
Under the leadership of the publisher and general manager, and editor, the news staff was able to transport two computers to Fairmont on June 30 and finish writing the weekend edition. About half of the Saturday paper already was printed when the massive power outage occurred Friday night. Everything was brought back to Elkins and put together. The weekend edition of The Inter-Mountain was ready for delivery about midnight Saturday or early Sunday.
This is the time for the readers of this local newspaper to express or show their appreciation to the staff because of their loyalty to their jobs, the newspaper and to the people of this area. When you meet or see any of the people in public, give them a hearty handshake or thank-you. Appreciation like this will go a long way if or when unforeseeable situations like this occur in the future.
Kennneth and Ruth Cobb